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Matt Lauer to the rescue?

There are words NBC executives never thought they’d say to themselves.

But with host Bob Costas ailing from an eye infection that has become the talk of the Twitterverse, the network has confirmed that Lauer will take his spot for tonight’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics. 

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“Reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but I think we’re going to have to go to the bullpen, and I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight,” Costas told Lauer by phone this morning on Today.

“Let’s hope it’s only tonight. I’m walking around, I might as well be playing ‘Marco Polo.’ I have no idea where I am.”


Costas had been trying to ignore his eye issues since Day One of the Games, but it was apparent last night that the infection had spread.

We’ll see how long his hiatus lasts and we’ll gauge how well Lauer does this evening.

But as long as he doesn’t dress like Pam Anderson again, everything should run smoothly.